Cocoanut Grove Fire

Cocoanut Grove Fire

The Boston Cocoanut Grove club, thriving during Prohibition in the late 1920's, faded in popularity during the 1930's. But with the onset of WWII, it became very popular once again. The club's basement contained the Melody Lounge, while the first floor had a large...

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Dieppe Raid

Dieppe Raid

In the summer of 1942, with Russia suffering the brunt of the European war, there was immense pressure on Great Britain to mount an offensive operation on the Western front.  A plan (Operation Jubilee) was developed to raid the German held French port of Dieppe on the...

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Galloping Gertie Tacoma

Galloping Gertie Tacoma

https://youtu.be/lXyG68_caV4 Known for its pitching deck,the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound the morning of November 7, 1940, under high wind conditions. Engineering issues, as well as the United States' involvement in World War II, postponed plans to...

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Hindenburg Disaster

Hindenburg Disaster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA The 30-year era of sublime optimism and confidence regarding passenger zeppelins came to an abrupt and tragic end in May 1937 with the fiery crash of the German airship Hindenburg. 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one...

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Typhoon Hits Japan

Typhoon Hits Japan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7D_TICOeA Typhoon Muroto , followed by a tsunami, left 2,702 dead, 334 missing, and 14,994 injured.

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Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl

During severe droughts from 1930-1936, approximately 100 million acres of soil in the Southwestern USA,  blew away in large dust clouds. Hundreds of thousands of people ("Okies") left their homes and migrated west during the Great Depression....

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Great Kanto Earthquake

Great Kanto Earthquake

Following the Great Kantō earthquake with over 100,000 deaths, vigilante mobs hunted down and killed ethnic minority Koreans rumored to have committed arson, looting and poisoning of drinking water. The Home Ministry stated that 231 Koreans were killed, but much...

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